The Risks of Increased Mosquito Activity After a Storm

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As if you didn’t have enough to worry about after the one of the biggest hurricanes ever came rolling through

Although we knew it was coming, the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma was still shocking. Combine that with Harvey in Texas, and this has already been a devastating hurricane season. Hopefully your home was spared any serious damage and by now you’ve been able to get back to some semblance of your usual routine.

In addition to the massive cleanup and rebuilding that has to take place, there’s something else that can’t be ignored: mosquitos. If you haven’t seen more mosquitos yet, you almost certainly will. Due to all of the flooding, this extra water provides optimal areas for breeding.

Most troubling is the fact that even after the water has subsided, mosquitos can be a problem. The mosquitos that spread diseases like Zika can increase for up to two months after a hurricane. And because so many more people spend time outside after a hurricane, the risk of getting bitten by a disease-carrying mosquito escalates.

The mosquito situation in Texas is getting so bad that the Air Force was recently called in to drop insecticide. As for Florida, the effects of Irma may not be felt for a while. After Hurricane Katrina, researchers thought there would be a sharp rise in mosquito-borne illnesses, but the storm actually washed or blew away a lot of the mosquitos. However, one year later, there was a dramatic increase in incidents of West Nile Virus.

How can you protect yourself from mosquitos?

If your home needs repairs and you will either be doing the work or involved in the supervision, you will definitely want to take some precautionary measures. While you can cover yourself in bug spray or light some citronella candles, those are not the most effective tactics to keep mosquitos away. For a permanent solution, you’ll want to have a mosquito misting system installed.

What is a mosquito misting system?

If you think of your home like a castle and mosquitos as enemy invaders, a misting system is like a moat. But instead of being surrounded by water, you’ll be protected with a series of spray nozzles placed around your property strategically. Using an automated timer, an insecticide is released several times a day.

The biggest benefit of a misting system – aside from keeping mosquitos away from you and your family – is that it you won’t have to do anything to make it work. When it is all set up, it operates on its own. Plus, the nozzles will be situated into your landscape so you’ll barely notice them.

Want to get more information about having a mosquito misting system installed?

You don’t want to wait until the mosquito situation gets to bad that you fear leaving your home. To prevent this, just get in touch with Platinum Mosquito Protection. We will come out to your home, survey your property, and give you a free consultation. To start the process, you can fill out our online contact form.